Rooster Tails – The Magazine of Hydra-Sports

Charlie Ingram wins the 1982 Team Hydra-Sports TOC. Photo Jan/Feb 1983 issue of Rooster Tails magazine.

Charlie Ingram wins the 1982 Team Hydra-Sports TOC. Photo Jan/Feb 1983 issue of Rooster Tails magazine.

Anyone that’s bass fished since the 80s knows of Hydra-Sports boats. They probably also know that Earl Bentz played a significant role in not only Hydra-Sports as a company but also in regards to bass boat performance development.  What I wonder, though, is how many of you knew Hydra-Sports not only made boats but printed a magazine and also ran a tournament circuit? Maybe if you owned a ‘Sport in the day but I’d bet a 4-pack of Scuppernong Jelly worms you had no clue.

Pictured here is the cover of the Jan/Feb 1983 Issue of Rooster Tails, Hydra-Sports flagship magazine, which started in 1980. Joe Reeves, owner of Hydra-Sports started the organization, according to the membership ad, “because he wanted to get back to the fun of bass fishing.” Membership in the organization was for owners and their friends, which I assume could own a boat of another make. [Read more…]

Season at a Glance: 1976 Bassmaster Trail Part Three

Rick Clunn wins his first of four Bassmaster Classic at the 1976 Bassmaster Classic at Lake Guntersville. Photo Cover February 1977 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Rick Clunn wins his first of four Bassmaster Classic at the 1976 Bassmaster Classic at Lake Guntersville. Photo Cover February 1977 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

[Editor’s Note: This is part 3 of a three-part series on the 1976 Bassmaster Trail season. To read Part 1 click here, to read Part 2 click here. To read about the 1976 Federation Chapter Championship, click here and to read about the Classic contenders, click here.]

Classic VI, as with all the prior five Bassmaster Classics, was a mystery lake and the venue wouldn’t be divulged until all participants were on the chartered DC-8 bound for the event. It was even stated in the Bassmaster Classic report that “even the pilot of the chartered jet didn’t know the final destination.” Once it was announced that Alabama’s Lake Guntersville would be the host of the ’76 event, the anglers began strategizing with maps provided by B.A.S.S. [Read more…]

Another Bass Circuit – National Bass Association

National Bass Association membership ad circa 1978.

National Bass Association membership ad circa 1978.

I mentioned last week or so that Clyde Drury sent me some magazines last week and this week I’m going to continue to put little bits and pieces of those magazines out here for all to see. Two weeks ago I mentioned how he sent me BCA’s “the Lunker Hole” magazines and posted a couple of stories from them here and here. Well, today I’m going to delve into another set of magazines, this time The National Bassman published by National Bass Association (NBA) of Lake City Florida.

Clyde sent me about a year’s worth of magazines from 1977 to 1978. Again, much like “the Lunker Hole,” they’re filled with some really cool ads of the time and better yet, tournament reports that show some interesting names and figures.

To start off the look down the National Bass Association’s existence, I thought it was kind of interesting to look at their 1978 tournament schedule and NBA membership offer that was in one of the magazines. [Read more…]

Season at a Glance – The 1976 Bassmaster Classic Contenders

in 1976 Jimmy Houston wold win the Bassmaster AOY award in only his second full-time year on the Trail.  Photo 1976 Sept/Oct issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

in 1976 Jimmy Houston wold win the Bassmaster AOY award in only his second full-time year on the Trail. Photo 1976 Sept/Oct issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

[Editor’s Note: This is the fourth story on the 1975 Bassmaster Trail season. To read part one of the 1976 Season at a Glance click here, to read part two click here and to read about the Federation National event click here.]

The 1976 Bassmaster Classic and its contenders have a lot of interesting history packed into it. For one, there were four 5-time Classic contenders, one 4-time contenders, five 3-time contenders and seven 2-time contenders. To say the field was stacked would be an understatement. That’s 17 out of 25 anglers, or 68% of the 1976 Classic contenders had Classic experience.

As amazing it was for so many past-Classic anglers to qualify, it was just as amazing who didn’t qualify. For example, Roland Martin, who’d made every (5) Classic since its inception, missed qualification by 6 points and finished in the 26th spot. The other 5-time qualifier who didn’t make it was Tom Mann who finished in 38th place. [Read more…]

A Picture and a Joke on Bo

Some of the Classic I contestants. Photo courtesy of Harold Sharp.

This may qualify as an interesting photo. Ray Scott invited all the first Classic contestants and three outdoor writers who were there to the 1995 Classic for a reunion. It was a great time to see all those faces again.

Looking at this picture, though, reminded me of a good story. As you know, each of the anglers at the early Classics were restricted by the weight of tackle they could bring. We made a huge deal of it by having a weigh-in for their tackle and if an angler was over in weight, Ray and I got to pick out anything we wanted until their tackle box made the weight limit. [Read more…]

Season at a Glance: 1974 BASS Master Trail – Part Three

Anglers and fans gather at one of the Classic IV weigh-ins located at Joe Wheeler State Park. Photo February 1975 Issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

Editor’s Note: This is the third part in a three-part series on the 1974 BASS Master Trail. Part one covered the first three tournaments of the season, while part two covered the three events. This part will cover the 1974 Classic. To read part one, click here and to read part two, click here.

 

The 1974 Bass Master season would end with 29 of the country’s best anglers vying for the coveted BASS Master Classic title. The Classic IV location would be another mystery-lake event, where anglers wouldn’t know the destination until they stepped on the plane. This time, the lake would be Wheeler Lake in Alabama, a short distance away from B.A.S.S. Headquarters in Montgomery. [Read more…]

1974 Bass Master Classic Preview – The Anglers

Before we go through the highlights of the ’74 Classic, I thought it would be good to introduce the anglers who made the Classic. In the February ’75 issue of Bassmaster Magazine, as was done in the January/February issue of ’74, B.A.S.S. not only gave the Classic report, the magazine also dedicated a substantial number of pages to the Classic qualifiers with respect to their bios. We’re going to go through these bios and touch on the anglers’ accomplishments up to this point in time. No byline was given but I assume it was Bob Cobb who penned the piece.

In this series of biographies, the anglers were asked two primary questions. The first question was, “how they tackle a new body of water,” and the second was, “what they thought of the new oxygen meters that were being sold.” We’ll go through the answers they provided to these questions along with giving a little more of their histories at this time. All photos from the February 1975 issue of Bassmaster Magazine. [Read more…]

Season at a Glance: 1974 BASS Master Trail – Part Two

Al Lindner winner of the 1974 Tennessee Invitational on Watts Bar. Photo Bassmaster Magazine July/August 1974.

Editor’s Note: In Part One of the 1974 Tournament Trail, there was an error at the end piece where we posted the top-30 anglers for the AOY race after three events. The table that was inadvertently put there was actually the AOY standings after two events – not three. The table has been corrected and now reflects the standings after three events.

In part one of this series we went through the first three events of the ’74 BASS Master tournament season. In this installment, we’ll go through the final three events and also present the anglers who qualified for the 1974 Classic. To read part one click here. [Read more…]

Bass Master Trail Winners and Records Through 1973

Photo Bass Master Magazine 1973.

In the January/February Issue of Bass Master Magazine was a compiled list of the all-time tournament winners and records up through 1973. It’s a great list that we’re adding to the upper menu bar of the site. In time, as we go through the years, more data will be added. We don’t want to do that right now because there might be some piece of trivia we’ll want to use in future trivia games.

In all, by the end of 1973, B.A.S.S. had held 39 events and gone from a 15-fish one day limit to a 10-fish one day limit. Also, the record for total weight had been broken four times for a 15-fish limit and once for a 10-fish limit. An interesting fact is the first 10-fish limit event that was held, Lake Eufaula, OK in 1970, set that total weight bar and it wouldn’t be broken until 2 1/2 years later at the St. John’s River event. [Read more…]

BASS Records and Winners 1967-1973

Photo Bass Master Magazine 1973.

In the January/February Issue of Bass Master Magazine was a compiled list of the all-time tournament winners and records up through 1973. It’s a great list that we’re adding to the upper menu bar of the site. In time, as we go through the years, more data will be added. We don’t want to do that right now because there might be some piece of trivia we’ll want to use in future trivia games.

In all, by the end of 1973, B.A.S.S. had held 39 events and gone from a 15-fish one day limit to a 10-fish one day limit. Also, the record for total weight had been broken four times for a 15-fish limit and once for a 10-fish limit. An interesting fact is the first 10-fish limit event that was held, Lake Eufaula, OK in 1970, set that total weight bar and it wouldn’t be broken until 2 1/2 years later at the St. John’s River event.

I won’t go too much more into the weeds here because there may be some stats in this table we’d want to use in the future.

Bass Master Tournament Trail Winners and Records
Tournament
Date
Winner
Weight
1. All-American, Beaver Lake, AR
6/6-8/67
Stan Sloan
37-08
2. Dixie Invitational, Smith Lake, AL
10/20-22/67
Gerald Blanchard
42-00
3. Seminole Lunker, Lake Seminole, GA
2/22-24/68
Carl Dyess
39-08
4. Rebel Invitational, Ross Barnett, MS
4/18-20/68
Bill Dance
72-11
5. Eufaula National, Lake Eufaula, AL
6/20-22/68
John Powell
132-00
6. All-American, Sam Rayburn, TX
10/3-5/68
Bill Dance
72-13
7. Dixie Invitational, Smith Lake, AL
11/14-16/68
Bill Dance
48-03
8. Seminole Lunker, Lake Seminole, GA
2/20-22/69
Joe Verbeck
62-09
9. Texas National, Sam Rayburn, TX
4/10-12/69
Harold Hays
105-04
10. Rebel Invitational, Ross Barnett, MS
5/22-24/69
Pete Henson
124-03
11. Eufaula National, Lake Eufaula, AL
6/10-12/69
Blake Honeycutt
138-06(1)(2)
12. All-American, Lake Ouachita, AR
9/25-27/69
Bill Dance
36-04
13. Eufaula Team, Lake Eufaula, AL
11/13-15/69
Bobby Murray (43-10)
Bill Dance (35-14)
Forrest Wood (21-00)
Bob Ponds (19-14)
120-06
14. Toledo Bend Invitational, TX
1/29-31/70
Mike Bono
94-04
15. Seminole Lunker, Lake Seminole, GA
3/19-21/70
Roland Martin
53-14
16. Rebel Invitational, Ross Barnett, MS
4/30 - 5/2/70
Bill Dance
75-12
17. Henshall Memorial, Walter F. George Lake, GA
6/11-13/70
Bill Adair
116-06
18. Oklahoma National, Lake Eufaula, OK(3)
8/5-7/70
John Hadad III
82-15
19. Texas National, Sam Rayburn, TX
9/24-26/70
Bill Dance
62-06
20. All-American, Table Rock, MO
11/12-14/70
Bill Dance
52-06
21. Seminole Lunker, Lake Seminole, GA
3/18-20/71
Tom Mann
62-14
22. Table Rock National, Table Rock, MO
4/29 - 5/1/71
John Powell
59-13
23. Texas National, Sam Rayburn, TX
6/17-19/71
John Powell
61-06
24. All-American, Ross Barnett, MS
9/30 - 10/2/71
Roland Martin
54-13
25. Bass Masters Classic I, Lake Mead, NV
10/20-22/71
Bobby Murray
43-11
26. Florida National, Lake Kissimmee, FL
3/9-11/72
Tom Mann
47-15
27. South Carolina National, Lake Keowee, SC
4/13-15/72
Glin Wells
28-10
28. Arkansas National, Lake Ouachita, AR
5/18-20/72
Bobby Murray
48-06
29. Tennessee National, Watts Bar, TN
6/22-24/72
Roland Martin
37-06
30. Rebel Invitational, Ross Barnett, MS
8/24-26/72
Ricky Green
44-03
31. All-Americcan, Lake Eufaula, OK
9/28-30/72
Roland Martin
62-13
32. Bass Masters Classic II, Percy Priest, TN
10/25-27/72
Don Butler
38-11
33. Florida Invitational, St John's River, FL(5)
2/7-9/73
Larry Hill
108-02(4)
34. Arkansas Invitational, Beaver Lake, ARDon Butler
56-14
35. Rebel Invitational, Ross Barnett, MS
4/4-6/73
Roland Martin
72-07
36. Seminole Lunker, Lake Seminole, GA
4/2-4/73
Roland Martin
54-14
37. Carolina Invitational, Lake Keowee, SC
5/30 - 6/1/73
Junior Collis
23-15
38. All-American, Watts Bar, TN
9/26-28/73
Roland Martin
21-06(6)
39. Bass Masters Classic III, Clark Hill, SC
10/24-26/73
Rayo Breckenridge
52-08

Notes:

  • (1) The all-time record for total weight in a 15-fish per day tournament. Blake Honeycutt (34 fish weighed).
  • (2) The all-time record for one-day 15-fish limit. Rip Nunnery (98-15).
  • (3) First 10-fish daily limit tournament.
  • (4) B.A.S.S.’s record for total weight in a 10-fish per day tournament. Larry Hill (29 fish weighed).
  • (5) All-time biggest bass weighed in a Bass Master Tournament. Bob Tyndall (12-13).
  • (6) All-time smallest weight to win a Bass Master tournament. Roland Martin (21-06).

 

1973 Bass Master Classic Preview – The Anglers

The January/February 1974 Issue of Bass Master Magazine not only had the tournament report for the ’73 Classic, it had a very in-depth look at the Classic contenders – the first time BASS Master had done this. Prior to Part Three of the 1973 Season at a Glance, I felt it best to publish this piece in order to give you more insight as to who fished and what they’d accomplished in the few short years B.A.S.S. had been around. Here are the anglers as they placed in AOY standings. All photos from the January/February 1974 Issue of BASS Master Magazine.

 

(1) Roland Martin (Tulsa, OK)

Roland for the third year in a row had taken the Bass Master AOY award. The only other angler at this time to have won an AOY was Bill Dance, who won it the first year it was inaugurated. Over the 72 and 73 seasons, Martin had been such a dominant player in the game that he’d beaten his opponents by more than a tournament’s worth of points by the end of the year. By this point he had also won seven titles and became only the third angler to win back-to-back events in a season.

His winnings had elevated him to the number-one spot in B.A.S.S. earnings ($36,235.20) and had placed in the money in 23 straight regular season events. All six of his finishes for the year were top-5 finishes. [Read more…]

Season at a Glance: 1972 Bassmaster Trail – Part One

This is Part One of a three-part series on the 1972 Bassmaster Tournament Trail.

The 1972 Bassmaster Trail had a number of firsts and records associated with it. To begin with, Ray Scott instilled the “Don’t Kill Your Catch,” philosophy that changed the way bass anglers thought about their catch. Prior to ’72, bass anglers everywhere caught a fish, placed it on a stringer and drug it around the lake until they got off the water or weighed the fish in at a tournament. Scott knew that with the success he was having with the 5-year-old Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, if he didn’t do something with regards to fish care at the events, lakes, marinas and residents wouldn’t welcome them in the future. [Read more…]